Following last week’s narrow defeat at the hands of Malton, an increasingly confident and capable Beverley Under-16 side swept Morley aside 41-5 at Beaver Park on Sunday.
In near-perfect conditions Beverley opened the scoring after just two minutes with a well-worked move down the right resulting in a try from right wing Harvey Barron, converted by Tom Barnard. Over the next ten minutes Beverley seemed to dominate the play in midfield, building good attacking platforms with strong scrummaging performances.
This effort netted Beverley three more tries – a close range drive-over by flanker Charlie Newsome, another scorching run by Barron, and well-executed drive by lock Josh Dillon – with Barnard successfully adding the conversion points on to the third score.
The game settled down a bit for the next 15 minutes, with Morley putting in some powerful runs in attack, and displaying a fast line speed in defence. Solid tackling and support in the rucks, and good movement of the ball through the Beverley backs saw the home side weather this storm before a powerful run from outside centre Gabriel Bejarano resulted in a try under the Morley posts. This was duly converted by Barnard to give Beverley a 31-0 lead going into the half-time break.
It seemed that Beverley were unable to maintain the tempo through the break, and the pace of the game dropped going into the second half. Morley were quick to take advantage, pushing deep into Beverley’s half and pressurising Beverley’s try line from the re-start.
The Beverley defence was well-disciplined though, and reacted quickly to the attacks being mounted by a re-energised Morley side. The defence held firm for nearly five minutes until a well-angled run by the Morley centre, cutting in from deep, saw him break through for a try - the subsequent conversion just sliding wide of the posts. Perhaps mindful of the lessons learnt a week earlier, Beverley tightened their grip once again.
A high, hanging restart allowed Newsome to sprint up-field and get right in amongst the Morley receivers to re-gather the ball, before breaking free of tacklers and making it to within 10m of the Morley try line. Although the tackling by Morley was enough to stop Beverley’s progress, when they won the ball at breakdowns their handling through their backs didn’t allow them to make much progress and they found themselves unable to break past the half-way line.
Eventually the pressure was too much and, with 12 minutes of the half played, Bejarano broke through for a well-deserved second try. Despite having a commanding lead on the scoreboard Beverley maintained the pressure on Morley, although it appeared that the free-flowing and well-orchestrated moves of the first-half were being replaced with a more forced, nervy style of play. The play-makers held their nerve though, and the team didn’t allow Morley to make ground or gain any real momentum.
With 20 minutes gone, a quick break from mid-field by scrum-half Adam Skeates brought Beverley back to within striking distance of Morley’s try-line where, after a few powerful drives from the forwards, lock Dylan Ross rounded-out a typically strong game, characterised by sound defensive work, with a well-taken try. Shortly afterwards - with about 10 minutes left on the clock, and Beverley 36 points clear, the Morley coach called the game.
Some great individual performances – hard graft in the forwards, fast breaks in the backs, determined and solid tackling, balanced and supportive running, tactical kicking, good communication, and a GREAT TEAM SPIRIT! Well done lads!